Electric Fish Birthday Card

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Hello again, crafty tribe! Once again, I’ve been playing with the Fly Daddy Stamp from Catherine Pooler Designs (CPD.) Not just for father’s day, I made this card for my fishing-fanatic uncle’s birthday

This card is super easy to make but does require a few extra steps – and a little extra time but it’s totally worth it for this fun technique. Lots to cover so let’s get started.



I started off by testing all of my pigment inks and Distress Oxides to see which colours looked best against navy card. Then, on a white sheet of copy paper, I stamped out the various fish and bait to get an idea of how I wanted it to look on the final card.

Some pigment inks work/look great all on their own when stamped onto dark cardstock, but I find it really helps them “pop” if you first stamp in a white pigment ink, then go over them with the colour ink, so that’s exactly what I did.


Using my template as a rough guide, I stamped all of the images using white pigment ink. Then, with a heat tool, I dried the white ink completely. Then followed the template to stamp each image again right on top but this time, using a pigment color.


You could use a stamp positioner for this to make the images perfectly lined up, but I just eyeballed it since they are such simple images and you don’t really notice the white shadow if it’s not perfect.



After I was done stamping all the coloured images, I again used my heat tool to speed up the drying process.


Pigment ink can take FOREVER to dry and sometimes it’s never really completely “set” until you put a bit of heat to it, so best to give a quick once-over with your heat tool. Then I trimmed my panel down to measure 5.5” x 4”.



I took a piece of vellum and tore the edges along a wavy die I had in my stash. This gave it a natural, raw look that sort-of mimicked the idea of waves in the water. I covered the area with my powder tool, then used Salty Ocean Distress Oxide to stamp the sentiment, then heat emboss with clear embossing powder. Then I wrapped the vellum around the panel and secured it on the back so you wouldn’t see any glue showing through.



I then cut a piece of yellow cardstock to be 4.25” x 5.5” and adhered to my card base. Then I adhered the decorated panel to that. The last thing to do was to stamp the sentiment using one of the stamps from Altenew Label Love in Shea Butter Ink from CPD onto Neenah Solar White. I used a pair of scissors to cut carefully along the edges, then adhered to the front of the card using 3M foam tape.


I think my uncle will love all the brightly-colored fish swimming around to wish him a happy birthday!

Thanks for reading…and,

See y’all next time!


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Catherine Pooler Designs Fly Daddy Stamp

Catherine Pooler Designs Shea Butter Ink

Avery Elle Pigment Ink

Lawn Fawn Yeti Pigment Ink

Neenah Solar 110lb Card

American Crafts Navy cardstock

American Crafts Yellow cardstock

Icicle Clear Embossing Powder

Tombow Mono Multi Glue

3M Foam Tape

Magic Embossing Powder Tool

Stamping Acrylic Blocks

Altenew Label Love Stamp

Distress Oxide Ink in Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers, Shaded Lilac, Worn Lipstick, Salty Ocean

Heat Tool


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